Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II was born on May 18, 1920 in Poland. Pope John Paul II's big-screen debut came with The Jeweller's Shop directed by Michael Anderson in 1988.
Pope John Paul II was the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 until his death in 2005. He was elected pope by the second papal conclave of 1978, which was called after John Paul I, who had been elected in August to succeed Pope Paul VI, died after 33 days. Cardinal Wojtyla was elected on the third day of the conclave and adopted the name of his predecessor in tribute to him. Born in Poland, John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI in the 16th century and the second-longest-serving pope after Pius IX in modern history.
BirthdayMay 18, 1920
Place of BirthWadowice, Malopolskie, Poland